Are you looking for a better rheumatology-focused, on-the-job training program for a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or other clinician? Do you and your colleagues want to continue building competence in the care of people with rheumatic disease? The Advanced Rheumatology Course may be just what you need.
Explore this issueDecember 2010
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This online course provides rapid, high-quality incorporation of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other clinicians into rheumatology practices or academic training settings, reducing the burden of on-the-job training. Fellows-in-training and other physicians have also found this program helpful in extending their learning. Nearly 300 clinicians have enrolled, and more than 100 participants have graduated.
One recent graduate, Rita Volochayev, PhD, CRNP, of Bethesda, Md., says the course “covered not only rheumatologic disorders, but also coding, billing, how to read and interpret diagnostic testing, regulatory matters, and decision-making processes that affect our day-to-day practice. I was very satisfied with this wonderful course.”
The Advanced Rheumatology Course is a flexible and affordable way to enhance knowledge within the field of arthritis, rheumatic, and musculoskeletal diseases. It consists of 19 modules—three of which are revised annually—organized into three tracks: adult, pediatric, and combined. Within each track, there are four components to each Web-based module:
- A pre-assessment of the individual’s knowledge within rheumatology, which may include suggested readings or case studies that challenge the individual’s understanding of the material;
- A lecture presentation that includes audio-annotated PowerPoint slides varying in length from 30 to 120 minutes;
- Clinical pearls that can be printed for use in a clinic or practice setting; and
- A post-test of the individual’s knowledge after completing all module components.
To receive the Certificate of Completion and CME credits, a score of 70% or greater on each module assessment must be maintained in a complete track, and the work must be completed within one year of registration. Take advantage of this innovative online course that will provide professional development at your pace and give you an advantage over your rheumatology peers. For additional details, to view a demo, or to register for the course, visit www.rheumatology.org/education.
The ARHP thanks Abbott Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Centocor, Inc. for providing educational grants for the development of the Advanced Rheumatology Course, formerly called the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Postgraduate Rheumatology Training Program.